BATON ROUGE, La. — Chris Curry’s second visit to Baton Rouge yielded a much-anticipated boom.
Curry, a 3-star running back from Florida, gave a verbal commitment to the LSU coaching staff on Thursday during the Tigers’ elite high school prospect camp.
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound prospect is LSU’s first running back commit in the 2018 recruiting class. The Tigers are expected to reel in two backs in this cycle to help restock the backfield after the impending departures of senior Darrel Williams and junior Derrius Guice, a likely first-round NFL draft pick.
Curry is the No. 26 tailback in the 2018 class and the No. 76 overall recruit from the Sunshine State, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
The power back from Lehigh Acres (Fla.) High School rushed for 1,158 yards as a junior, scoring 13 rushing touchdowns. He averaged better than 11 yards per carry.
Curry’s running style resembles that of another No. 24 — current Oakland Raiders tailback Marshawn Lynch. Curry runs downhill, boasts tremendous lower-body strength to run through arm tackles and, important to note, plays out of a shotgun-style offense.
Curry previously visited LSU for national junior day in March. After the out-of-state visit alongside his mother and father, Curry indicated the Tigers were among his early top three schools largely because of running backs coach Tommie Robinson’s NFL pedigree.
Curry is commitment No. 19 for the Tigers, who own the nation’s No. 3 recruiting class and tops in the SEC.